beauty empties, vol. 1

beauty empties, vol. 1

I’ve been wanting to start a beauty empties series for the longest time, but it’s been a bit difficult for me to basically hang onto my trash. I’ll use something up and into the bin it goes. This year, I made an effort in keeping anything I’ve used up, write up a quick review and let you know if I’m repurchasing or passing on any of the items.

Now onto the trash…I mean, empties, in no particular order:

glossier milky jelly cleanser ($18): this is the first of any Glossier products I used up and part of the reason why I made the initial order on their website. I used this in the morning and it was a good cleanser. It definitely has a jelly consistency and is super gentle. My skin felt moisturized and didn’t feel like it was stripped of its oils. It does have a scent, but it’s nothing too overpowering and I actually liked it.

would I repurchase? I’m leaning yes, but not right now. I’m working on some other drugstore cleansers right now because they are more readily available. If I make another glossier purchase, I’ll definitely add one (or two) to my order.

first aid beauty pure skin face cleanser ($20): I purchased this because I needed a new cleanser and I had a coupon at Sephora. I’ve never tried anything from them so I thought this would be a good replacement for the glossier milky jelly cleanser. It’s not overly drying and was pretty gentle, but the scent is what really bothers me. It smells almost clinical…I’m a bit sensitive to scents so this is a bit too strong for me.

would I repurchase? no; the scent is a bit off putting and I went through it way too quickly for the price point.

first aid beauty skin rescue deep cleanser (deluxe size, $24 for full size): I’m not sure which beauty box I got this in, but I actually liked this. It was like a daily clay mask, but in cleanser form. It does make my face feel smooth after using it. I don’t think I would use this everyday, but it would be a good one for a couple times a week.

would I repurchase? leaning towards yes. I’m working on other exfoliaters right now (seriously, trying so many new things), but I did like this one.

drunk elephant beste jelly cleanser (deluxe size, $34 for full size): This reminds me of the glossier milky jelly cleanser, but a bit thicker. It’s still a gel consistency and it’s nice and not drying on my skin. It’s super gentle and a little goes a long way. Definitely one of my favorite cleansers recently.

would I repurchase? yes, and I have. I’m currently using it as a second cleanse during my nightly routine. The price is a bit crazy, but I do really like this one.

lancer the method: polish (deluxe size, $75 for full size): This was part of a sephora favorites skincare box and I’ve heard good things about lancer in general. This is a pretty unique exfoliater for me – it had a gritty texture, but it didn’t feel like it would clog my pores. It has a fresh, citrus scent and I did like this, but this is so expensive.

would I repurchase? maybe; I’m trying out different exfoliating cleansers right now, so I may go back to this if I don’t like the others.

sephora collection green tea exfoliating wipes ($7.50): I’ve tried a couple of scents (coconut and green tea) and I prefer the coconut. The green tea version has two different textures – one more smooth and one with a rougher texture that’s meant to be exfoliating. I tend to use the smoother side, but I really like their wipes in general. I usually keep some wipes at my vanity and I’m a bit sad that I’ve used these all up.

would I repurchase? yes, but I believe these are discontinued. I check every once in a while and don’t ever see it in stock.

belif the true cream – aqua bomb ($38): This was my daily moisturizer. It has a nice, cooling gel consistency and doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. I’ve wrote a whole review on this, but (spoiler alert) I like this one. If you want to know more about the moisturizer, here’s my review for you to read.

would I repurchase? yes, and I have. Love this stuff!

amika nourishing mask (deluxe size, $28 for full size): I use a hair mask once a week and I really liked this one. The scent is beautiful and it does really help my hair feel less gritty and smooth. It could be used as a daily conditioner and it doesn’t make your hair feel heavy or greasy. Definitely one to check out if you’re looking for a hair mask.

would I repurchase? yes, and I have. I’m working on another hair mask right now, but I have this one standing by when I use that up.

clairol hair food root cleansing shampoo ($11): This was supposed to be my weekly root clarifying shampoo, so it took me quite a while to get through this. There’s only one scent, which is the strawberry ginger, which is definitely smells like. I never really noticed a difference in the ~cleanliness~ of my scalp, so I’m still on a hunt for a good clarifying shampoo to help with the product buildup at the end of the week.

would I repurchase? no; I don’t notice a significant difference using this over any other shampoo.

klorane dry shampoo with oat milk (deluxe size, $20 for full size): I think I got this from a beauty box, but I do love this stuff. It doesn’t give me a white cast, absorbs oil and isn’t overpowering in scent. I find a lot of dry shampoos leave my hair feeling greasy after a few hours and my roots look ashy, but not this one. I do like this one and I could see why this is a cult classic.

would I repurchase? maybe, but leaning yes. Like most things, I’m trying a few drugstore dry shampoo options right now and if I don’t find a new favorite, I’ll likely go back to this one.

urban decay all nighter setting spray (deluxe size, old packaging, $32 for full size): This is a little mini version in their old packaging. They came out with new packaging with a lighter mist, which is my biggest gripe with the old packaging. It sort of just spit at you and didn’t give you a nice mist. It does help your makeup last longer than without.

would I repurchase? Maybe. I do like my milani make it last setting spray, but I might pick this up when I use that one up to see how the new packaging works out. Crossing my fingers for no more spitting.

Whew, that’s quite a bit of trash. I’ll try to do these beauty empties posts after I get at least 5 items, especially since I’m trying so many things.

What are some items you used up recently and what should I be checking out?

’til next time, xo!

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Pixi Glow Tonic
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
Shiseido Perfecting Cleansing Oil
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer
Bite Agave Lip Balm
Hair Food Dry Shampoo
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
Christophe Robin Regeneration Mask
Milky Jelly Cleanser
Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser
Face Cleanser
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
The True Cream – Aqua Bomb
Strawberry Ginger Root Clarifying Shampoo
Soulfood Nourishing Mask
All Nighter Setting Spray
Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes – Green Tea
The Method: Polish

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